Republic.com 2.0

Republic.com 2.0

by Cass R. Sunstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691133565

ISBN-13: 9780691133560

Pub. Date: 08/20/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

What happens to democracy and free speech if people use the Internet to listen and speak only to the like-minded? What is the benefit of the Internet's unlimited choices if citizens narrowly filter the information they receive? Cass Sunstein first asked these questions in 2001's Republic.com. Now, in Republic.com 2.0, Sunstein thoroughly rethinks the

Overview

What happens to democracy and free speech if people use the Internet to listen and speak only to the like-minded? What is the benefit of the Internet's unlimited choices if citizens narrowly filter the information they receive? Cass Sunstein first asked these questions in 2001's Republic.com. Now, in Republic.com 2.0, Sunstein thoroughly rethinks the critical relationship between democracy and the Internet in a world where partisan Weblogs have emerged as a significant political force.

Republic.com 2.0 highlights new research on how people are using the Internet, especially the blogosphere. Sunstein warns against "information cocoons" and "echo chambers," wherein people avoid the news and opinions that they don't want to hear. He also demonstrates the need to regulate the innumerable choices made possible by technology. His proposed remedies and reforms emphasize what consumers and producers can do to help avoid the perils, and realize the promise, of the Internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133560
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/20/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
The Daily Me     1
An Analogy and an Ideal     19
Polarization and Cybercascades     46
Social Glue and Spreading Information     97
Citizens     119
Blogs     138
What's Regulation? A Plea     151
Freedom of Speech     165
Policies and Proposals     190
Republic.com     212
Acknowledgments     225
Notes     227
Index     241

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